Cisco’s Wendy Nather to be crowned in Infosecurity Hall of Fame


Reed Exhibitions Ltd, the organiser of Infosecurity Europe, has revealed today that Wendy Nather, Head of Advisory CISOs, Cisco, will be crowned in the Infosecurity Hall of Fame and join a list of renowned information security personalities. She will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Infosecurity Europe Virtual Conference on the 10th June.

Wendy is recognised as a leader, influencer and mentor, at the forefront of cyber security. Wendy is Head of Advisory CISOs at Cisco. She was previously Research Director at the Retail ISAC, where she was responsible for advancing the state of resources and knowledge to help organisations defend their infrastructure from attackers. Wendy was also Research Director of the Information Security Practice at independent analyst firm 451 Research, covering the security industry in areas such as application security, threat intelligence, security services, and other emerging technologies. Wendy led IT security for the EMEA region of the investment banking division of Swiss Bank Corporation (now UBS), and served as CISO of the Texas Education Agency.

Wendy is also recognised for her coining of the term “security poverty line”, the point below which a company cannot effectively protect itself from cybersecurity threats. Wendy is known for debating this and the need for small businesses that sit below the line, to receive expertise, resources, and influence to address the issue.

Wendy will deliver a Keynote at the Infosecurity Europe Virtual Conference on Thursday 10th June, at 10:00-10:45 (BST) on the topic ‘Your next security colleagues are all around you’. Wendy will discuss how the so-called cybersecurity skills shortage is all a matter of perspective and how it’s not a pipeline problem, but a vision problem and the skills we need come from all walks of life. Wendy will talk about how we should broaden our definitions of what it means to be “technical,” who is “in security” and who isn’t, and who is already doing the work unrecognised.

Established in 2008, the Infosecurity Hall of Fame recognises the pioneers who have made a significant and long-term contribution to information security on a global level. It acknowledges and celebrates the achievements of these visionaries, luminaries, practitioners, advocates and thought leaders who have provided intellectual or practical input that has shifted the advancement of the industry.

Wendy Nather, Head of Advisory CISOs, Cisco, said “I’m more honoured than I can say, especially since it was in Europe where I first started to learn this endlessly changing and challenging craft. To everyone I’ve met in security, from every country and region and industry, thank you for teaching me. We all have knowledge to share, and many hard-working professionals never get a chance to do it. But it’s critically important, because the more perspectives we hear, the better we can build security that works for everyone. Keep sharing your stories and telling your truths. Technology belongs to us all, and so does cybersecurity.“

Nicole Mills, Exhibition Director at Infosecurity Group said, “Wendy is a woman of many hats, and has worked and collaborated with countless industry leading security organisations and luminaries. She has made a significant contribution to the industry, through her research, knowledge and education, and has redefined what it means to exercise in cyber. Wendy’s induction into the Infosecurity Hall of Fame highlights the diversity of the industry and the influential role women play as spearheads in cyber security. Her achievements are remarkable and we look forward to following her journey and seeing what she will accomplish next.”


About the Infosecurity Hall of Fame

The Infosecurity Hall of Fame celebrates the achievements of internationally recognised information security visionaries, luminaries, practitioners and advocates. Selection of the inductee is made by the Infosecurity Magazine and Infosecurity Europe editorial and content teams. Inductees must:


  • Be an internationally recognised and respected information security practitioner or advocate
  • Have made a clear and long-term (over 10 years) contribution to the advancement of information security
  • Have provided intellectual or practical input that has contributed to and accelerated the advancement of information security
  • Be an engaging thought-leader demonstrating creativity and original thinking in information security.



  • Troy Hunt (2019)
  • James Lyne (2018)
  • Professor Mary Aiken (2017)
  • Brian Honan (2016)
  • Jack Daniel (2015)
  • Dr Eric Cole (2014)
  • Mikko Hypponen (2013)
  • Shlomo Kramer (2013)
  • Alan Turing (2013, posthumous)
  • John Colley (2012)
  • Raj Samani (2012)
  • Neira Jones (2011)
  • Colonel (Ret’d) John Doody (2012)
  • Graham Cluley (2011)
  • Rik Ferguson (2011)
  • Merlin, Lord Erroll (2010)
  • Stephen Bonner (2010)
  • Ed Gibson (2010)
  • Charlie McMurdie (2010)
  • Eugene Kaspersky (2010)
  • Dan Kaminsky (2009)
  • David Lacey (2009)
  • Dr Paul G Dorey (2009)
  • Dr. Whitfield Diffle (2009)
  • Phil Zimmermann (2009)
  • Adam Laurie (2008)
  • Professor Fred Piper (2008)
  • Alan Paller (2008)
  • Bruce Schneier (2008)
  • The late Professor Howard Schmidt (2008)

Infosecurity Europe, now in its 25th year, takes place at Olympia, Hammersmith, London, from 13-15 July 2021. It brings together information security professionals from every segment of the industry, as well the leading industry suppliers showcasing their products and services, industry analysts, worldwide press and policy experts. Expert practitioners are lined up to take part in the free-to-attend conference, seminar and workshop programme.

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The virtual conference takes place from 8-10 June 2021, ahead of the live event in July, and is focused on rethinking and regrouping as the impact of COVID-19 continues to become apparent. The programme is designed to provide expert solutions to problems, stimulate conversation and ideas, and develop participants’ skills and careers. The full agenda is available here.

Registration – which will be valid for both ‘live’ and online sessions – is now open here.